Many of us have recognized the Presidential election of 2016 has been over since June. Not because any of us are Carnac, but because of math. Now that the polls are tightening, some will delay coming to the same conclusion. Yet, regardless of outcome, it’s time to begin post-election positioning in an effort to salvage any chance of conservatives having influence over U.S. federal government policy in our lifetime.
Let’s start by swallowing some hard medicine. When it comes to the GOP, liberty-movement conservatives are a minority faction within a minority party. The truth is, those of us who believe in a limited and restrained role of government (especially at the national level) are relatively few. Whatever we decide in terms of future party-affiliation, strategy, and tactics, we must start by embracing our minority status.
For those pushing the false narrative that 12 million Democrats crossed over to vote for Donald Trump in the GOP primary: You are deceiving us and quite likely yourself. You are errantly perpetuating the false belief that we are an element within a majority. And in so doing, ensuring a continuation of the same failed strategies and tactics that result in the erosion of our liberty.
For those that continue to push the notion that we win by nominating the candidate with the prettiest bi-partisan packaging: You do us a disservice by insinuating and perpetuating the misperception that we can attract a majority, if we only ran a more “electable” candidate.
We are also misled by those that continuously suggest the 3M (McMullin/McConnell/Marco) wing of the party and the Paul/Cruz/Lee wing of the party are not really that far apart. They are. There is a tremendous chasm between the worldview of these two factions, and ultimately, the current GOP nominee waltzed right through that divide. To ignore this division exists is delusional and it undermines the political process by lowering the battle of ideas to nothing more than mastering the art of character assassinations found on the pages of gossip magazines. And, based on the current posturing of the 3M wing, it doesn’t appear the gap is to be bridged anytime soon.
They have emerged from the catastrophic primary season wholly unwilling to yield on militaristic intervention as a component of US foreign policy; and equally unwilling to admit their role in the forthcoming electoral disaster. However, that could change over time, and prospects for our future could brighten.
Until then, the rest of us must chart a new course. New leaders? Yes. New tactics? Yes. New party? Maybe. But for now, accept that we are a minority, then embrace it. We can’t succeed until we do.